PS/Y’s Hysteria programme and LUX host a screening of Star Messenger, a new moving image work by Danish artist Marie Kølbæk Iversen, accompanied by Diana Policarpo on percussion, and Gaia Fugazza’s series of 90 unique porcelain sculptures Other Ways, to be displayed in the mouths of visitors.
The screening of Star Messenger takes place close to Winter solstice and follows Marie Kølbæk Iversen’s recent performance Autumn equinox celebration which took place at LUX earlier this year as part of PS/Y’s Hysteria programme. Expanding the artist’s research exploring the transformative potentialities of fright encountered through traumatic and shamanist processes, Star Messenger proposes a softening of the historical western divide between the rational and the irrational, the material and the magical.
In 1610 Galileo Galilei published his accounts of discovering four of Jupiter’s moons. He titled the publication “Siderius Nuncius” – star messenger – thus naming the book after Io, the innermost of the moons. Over the course of two months Io had visually – slowly, but consistently – conveyed her message to him: That she is orbiting Jupiter. That the Earth is not the centre of the Universe.
Marie Kølbæk Iversen attributes the English translation of the title of Galileo’s opus magnum to her dreamy video work Star Messenger, whereby she questions what we know and how we know it, and suggests a collapse of scientific vision with the spiritual/mythological visionary: Both draw on sightings obtained through extraordinary set-ups that may challenge habitual world-views.
Star Messenger has been produced in extension of Kølbæk Iversen’s artistic research at Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Aarhus University.
Private View & Opening Event – Friday 13 October, 7.30pm
Installation Open – Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October, 11.00am-6.00pm
PS/Y’s Hysteria programme and the King’s College Arts & Humanities Research Institute present Relic 1, a new moving image installation by artist Larry Achiampong.
In a seemingly desolate United Kingdom, a child-like protagonist apparates across the landscape, uncovering fragments of data that bear testimony to a forgotten Empire. Informed by technology, agency of the body, and narratives of migration, Relic 1 invites its audience on a journey consisting of moments that are simultaneously claustrophobic, traumatic, poetic and sublime. These constructed and yet familiar feelings of otherness embody situations of colonial hysteria. Relic 1 is part of Relic Traveller, Achiampong’s on-going multi-disciplinary project, which also includes PAN AFRICAN FLAG FOR THE RELIC TRAVELLERS’ ALLIANCE currently hoisted atop Somerset House.
Please join us for the opening event on Friday 13 October, 7.30 PM, including an in-conversation with Jessica Taylor and a reading by Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf.
Part of the King’s College Arts and Humanities Festival 2017
PS/Y is a research, curating and public engagement group committed to exploring the interface of arts and health sciences. We are passionate about the role that notions of health and illness have been defining features of modernity and continue to play a major role in contemporary society. We are committed to developing interdisciplinary projects and dialogue with artists, arts organisations, academic institutions and communities to interrogate the place of the psyche within contemporary and post modern culture. PS/Y seeks to traverse the boundaries that separate areas of knowledge normally thought to be separate to open up new fields of enquiry. We aim to create new creative insights to engage diverse audiences for an interdisciplinary arts practice that aims to explore the relationship between mind and body in Western culture.
Director: Errol Francis
Curator: Mette Kjærgaard Præst
Research Consultant: Professor Victoria Tischler
Creative adviser: Nike Jonah
Hysteria is a multi-disciplinary arts festival taking place across a range of venues and institutions in London. Building on the critical framework established by Anxiety and Acting Out festivals, Hysteria explores the intersection between arts and mental health with a focus on how psychological trauma is experienced as physical symptoms. The festival presents a programme of exhibitions, performances, screenings, discussion events, workshops, residencies and community engagement, aimed at combined arts audiences, artists, scholars, scientists and students with interests across the arts, humanities and medical sciences. The festival includes visual art, film, performance, dance and music.
PS/Y Director Errol Francis and Curator Mette Kjærgaard Præst are researching the different iterations of hysteria and its evolution into conversion and psychogenic disorder in relation to issues of gender, race and cultural identity. Hysteria and conversion disorder raise issues about contemporary society, especially how our experience of physical health is linked to psychological wellbeing.
Hysteria explores these areas through an arts programme including visual art, moving image, sound and movement. We are currently in conversation with artists and biomedical partners with whom we aim to explore the contemporary medical definition of conversion disorder, aspects of self-harm in relation to gender and cultural identity and the historical theories around hysteria. We are particularly interested in how an exploration of hysteria can open up a debate about related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, psychogenic and psychosomatic disorders and the substantial role that they play in medical presentations by patients. By focusing on this area we aim to artistically explore the way that mind and body are articulated in Western medicine and the somatisation of psychological trauma as physical symptoms.
Our previous experience of delivering the Anxiety Arts Festival 2014 and Acting Out Nottingham 2015 has demonstrated the potential of exploring mental health issues through the arts because of the wide audience we reached and the interdisciplinary dialogue that was promoted. With the present theme of hysteria we want to promote an exploration and discussion about the relationship between mental and physical health that is bound up with the concept of conversion disorder. The outputs that we envisage are four commissions that will explore different dimensions of hysteria and its modern conceptualization as conversion disorder.
With Hysteria we are aiming to reach a mixed arts audience including those interested in mental health, service users, clinicians, and academics to promote an interdisciplinary public dialogue between the arts and mental health.
PS/Y’s Hysteria programme is supported by Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fund and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Acting Out Nottingham 2015 was a public engagement progamme that celebrated artistic expression through performative engagement at the interface of art and mental health through an investigation of the concept of ‘acting out’.
The starting point for the programme was the contested term ‘acting out’, which connects psychological language with the rhetoric of social order and performativity. This exploration is intended to facilitate collaborations between arts and health disciplines in order to change the way that deviant behaviour is perceived.
Our approach was based on the history and understanding that the term ‘acting-out’ reveals. On the one hand, it references the contested discourses surrounding mental illness, stigma and discrimination whilst, on the other, it refers to the aesthetic relationship between psychoanalysis and social order.
Acting Out Nottingham was realised in partnership with: University of the Arts London, Nottingham Contemporary, Primary, Broadway Cinema, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, and Rampton Hospital.
For Hysteria 2017 PS/Y is researching with:
Larry Achiampong – visual artist, whose work employs imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas of cross-cultural and post-digital identity
Candoco Dance Company – London based contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers
Dr Stéphanie Courtade – French psychiatrist
Sander L. Gilman – distinguished professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University
Florence Peake – dancer, choreographer, visual artist and teacher
Jocelyn Pook – music composer for film, television, theatre, dance & the concert platform
Farah Saleh – Palestinian dancer and choreographer, who works with gestures, art and political change
S P Sashidharan – Psychiatrist based in Glasgow. He is Hon. Professor at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Hon. Consultant with Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, and Board Member of Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
Cally Spooner – visual artist. Her diverse practice includes essays, media installations and live events, which grapple with the organisation and dispossession of that which lives
Victoria Tischler -Professor of Arts and Health / Head of Dementia Care Centre, University of West London
Dr Isabel Valli – Neuroscientist at Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College and Consultant Psychiatrist, COAST First Episode Psychosis Service, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Cara Tolmie – visual artist working within the intersections of performance, music and moving image
Zadie Xa – London based Canadian artist whose work explores identity, desire and personal fantasy